Sarah Colt


Sarah Colt is an independent documentary filmmaker who has been working in public television for nearly two decades.  Most recently, she directed and produced Walt Disney, a four-hour biography, which aired in September 2015 on PBS’s national history series AMERICAN EXPERIENCE. Prior to Walt Disney, she wrote, directed, and produced Henry Ford for AMERICAN EXPERIENCE and A Nation Reborn and A New Light for FRONTLINE and AMERICAN EXPERIENCE’s special series God in America. In 2009 two of her films aired on PBS: The Polio Crusade, a one-hour program about the development of the polio vaccine for PBS’s AMERICAN EXPERIENCE and Geronimo, also aired in 2009 as part of PBS’s special series on Native American history, We Shall Remain.

Before starting her own company, Colt worked for David Grubin Productions, where she produced the highly acclaimed biography RFK, and earned an Emmy Award for Outstanding Science, Nature, and Technology for co-producing The Secret Life of the Brain, a five-part series. Some of her other producing credits include Kofi Annan: Center of the Storm, Making Schools Work with Hedrick Smith, and Young Doctor Freud.  In 2004 Colt was awarded an International Reporting Project Journalism Fellowship and traveled to Namibia to report on the racial imbalance of land ownership in Southern Africa.

Colt attended Harvard University where she began her documentary career as a still photographer and earned several prizes for her work, including a Radcliffe Traveling Fellowship that sent her to Zimbabwe for a year.

Helen Ryan Dobrowski


Helen Ryan Dobrowski has worked with Sarah Colt for over nine years, most recently producing The Gilded Age (airing in the winter of 2018). Her previous projects with Sarah Colt Productions include Walt Disney, Henry Ford, episodes three and four of God in America, and The Polio Crusade. She has been involved in the research, fundraising, and production of the Co-op City project since its inception, and also works as a freelancer specializing in archival and content research, licensing, and production for Boston and New York City-area producers. Dobrowski came to Sarah Colt Productions from Boston College, her alma mater, where she worked in University Advancement Marketing and Communications. In 2005, she was awarded the Costa-Gavras Social Justice Award for her work with Film Studies chair and professor John Michalcyzk on a segment of his series on disabilities titled I’m In Here.

Michael Haviland


Mike Haviland is a New York City-based producer and writer of nonfiction television and digital content. Prior to joining the Sarah Colt Productions team, Mike wrote and produced hours of programming for CNN, Travel Channel, Investigation Discovery and National Geographic Channel. He has produced digital content for leading brands and organizations including the American Lung Association, Comcast and Lambda Legal. Mike was associate producer on The Gilded Age.

Cleo Nevakivi-Callanan

Associate Producer

Cleo Nevakivi-Callanan is a recent honors graduate who majored in history and political science at Wiliams College. She has previously worked on research and content analysis for C&G Partners and Sesame Workshop, as well as early childhood education at the Williams College Children’s Center and Williamstown Elementary School. Cleo won the award for “Best Original Research” in history for her senior thesis on child evacuees during World War II and is interested in a wide range of topics including American politics and modern European history. Cleo joined the production team as a researcher on The Gilded Age and has since been promoted to Associate Producer.

Jeanine Hall

Jeanine Hall has over 10 years of experience in financial operations management. She received her Master of Arts Management from Carnegie Mellon University after completing her BFA with a focus in Sculpture. Her experience includes managing annual budgets of up to $10M for non-profit arts organizations, small businesses, and start-ups in New York, NY; Washington, D.C.; and Pittsburgh, PA.